A note for our times

March 1, 2017

Like many at the University of British Columbia, and at university campuses across the world, I have been deeply troubled by events unfolding south of the border. The Peter Wall Institute has a mandate to foster premier scholarship and free exchange of ideas across all boundaries; disciplinary, geographic and cultural. Our institute thrives on a diversity of perspectives that create a rich environment for all who come through its doors, including UBC scholars and international visitors from a wide variety of ethnic, racial and religious backgrounds. We remain committed to embracing diversity in all of its facets, and promoting scholarly excellence, freedom of expression, rigorous intellectual debate and the creation and sharing of advanced knowledge for the betterment of society and protection of the biophysical world. We will continue to work against extremism, ignorance and intolerance, upholding the highest values of our University.  

Philippe Tortell